Little critics get the message

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 January, 2005, 12:00am

The fame of Pui Pui the crocodile attracted six-year-old Daniel Chan Yan-lap who recognised the name from TV news reports.

'Oh, I know this croc, I saw it on television,' the Primary One pupil said. 'I like the illustrations. They are colourful and interesting, but the croc is a bit ugly, I don't like it. But I will ask my mum to buy the book for me if I see it in a bookstore, as I would like to know what happened to the crocodile.'

But six-year-old Claudia Cheung Kar-yue said the cover of The Little Barb Tung Tung appealed to her more than The Little Croc Pui Pui did. 'I like the cover of The Little Barb more, it's more cartoon-like and colourful. The illustrations of fishes are very cute,' the Primary One student said.

But Claudia said she had never heard of the Tung Chung River and what happened there. She was aware though of the books' conservation message. 'My mother and teachers all teach me about conservation - it's about not wasting tissue paper and things like that. It sounds very complicated to me. Maybe I will understand that better if my mother tells me the story with the book and explains it to me.'